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FROM READERS: Voice your opinion on downtown access, circulation, parking

By PAT FOWLER/Missourian reader
October 18, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Pat Fowler, Janet Hammen and Rosie Gerding are members of the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council's Access, Circulation and Parking Committee.

The Downtown Leadership Council held its first public Downtown Access, Circulation, and Parking meeting on Sept. 24. The meeting notes have now been posted and can be found on the city’s website.

The community conversation drew 44 citizens and eight media representatives. After the session, attendees completed 32 comment cards, which are also included in the meeting minutes.

Citizens recommended that city planners take a closer look at several strategies, that include:

  1. a beautification plan for College Avenue that incorporates pedestrian safety components
  2. alternative and additional routes for downtown access from the east and west
  3. affordable parking for employees who work downtown
  4. engaging the University of Missouri to help solve the student car storage problem downtown

The next citizen discussion meeting will be held on Oct. 22, at the Community Room in the Convention and Visitors Bureau Building, 300 S. Providence Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The conversation will initially be focused on issues affecting the west side of Downtown. We encourage all interested citizens to attend.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.